Foot and ankle injuries are fairly common among athletes, and the sport of fitness is no exception. While these injuries may be common among sports in which the feet are points of contact, it is possible to minimize your risk by being knowledgeable and practicing proper form. You should always consult a health professional about sports-related injuries and follow doctor’s orders, as insufficient treatment can lead to re-injury or debilitation.
The following includes only some of the many foot and ankle injuries familiar to athletes:
Ankle Sprains – these can occur in any sport that involves running or rapid movement in multiple directions. If you suspect a sprained ankle, you should see a doctor to ensure that it is only a sprain and not a break or fracture.
Neuroma – A nerve condition that results in numbness and pain in the foot. Movements that involve repetitive impact or irritation around the ball of the foot may lead to neuroma.
Achilles Injury – This includes tendinitis, a condition in which the tendon that connects the heel bone to the muscles in the upper calf becomes inflamed. Repetitive activity can irritate the Achilles tendon to the point of inflammation and even tearing.
Stress Fractures – These tiny breaks in athletes bones are sometimes associated with beginning a new sport or exercise. They can also occur when the intensity of an exercise routine is increased or with repetitive running or jumping.
Toe Injuries – Hammertoe, Ingrown toenails, and “Turf Toe” can be brought on by explosive movements.
Stay tuned to #TSMTips on Twitter over the next week to learn some proactive ways to avoid foot and ankle injuries when working out. Keep an eye out for our next blog as well to learn more about post-workout foot care!